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Six New Phenom II And Athlon II CPUs From AMD

We recently tested the entire Athlon II lineup against the Intel competition in Game-Off: Seven Sub-$150 Processors Compared, and the new Athlon II models sport only a minor 100 MHz increase over the CPUs we tested in that article. Because of this, we’re concentrating on the new Phenom II models in today’s benchmarks.

The Phenom II X2 560 is priced identically to the Pentium G6950, and the Phenom II X4 970 retails for about the same as the Core i5-750, so we’re including all of these models in our tests. The new Phenom II X6 1075T is priced between the Intel Core i5-760 and Core i7-920. Since the Core i5-750 performs very closely to the Core i5-760, we don’t think it’s necessary to include that SKU, and we are adding the Core i7-920 to our tests.

Unfortunately, the Core i7-920 we have on hand is an engineering sample with a lower memory multiplier than the retail version. This will hurt the Core i7-920 in some memory-dependent tests. But for the most part, performance should remain comparable to the commercially available processor.

  Test Systems
 AMD System
Intel LGA 1156 System
Intel LGA 1366 System
MotherboardAsus M4A785TD-V EVO
Socket AM3, AMD 785G, BIOS 0410
Asus P7P55D-E LX
LGA 1156, Intel P55, BIOS 1003
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
LGA 1366, Intel X58, BIOS version FA
ProcessorPhenom II X6 1075T
  3.0 GHz (3.5 GHz Max Turbo)
Hexa-Core, 6 MB L3 Cache

Phenom II X4 970
3.5 GHz, Quad-Core
6 MB L3 Cache

Phenom II X2 560
3.3 GHz, Dual-Core
6 MB L3 Cache
Intel Core i5-750
  2.66 GHz (3.2 GHz Max Turbo)
Quad-Core, 8 MB L3 Cache

Intel Pentium G6950
2.66 GHz, Quad-Core
3 MB L3 Cache
Intel Core i7-920
2.67 GHz (2.93 GHz Max Turbo)
(8 Threads with Hyper-Threading)
8 MB L3 Cache
CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper TX3
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120
MemoryCrucial DDR3-1333
Dual-Channel 2 x 2048 MB, 669 MHz,
CAS 9-9-9-24-1T
Mushkin PC3-10700H
  Triple-Channel 3 x 2048 MB, 540 MHz,
CL 8-8-8-20-1T
GraphicsMSI GeForce GTX 470
1280 MB GDDR5-3348, 607/1215 MHz GPU/Shaders, 837 MHz Mem.
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black 640 GB
7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s
Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
CrysisPatch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Ultra-High Quality, No AA, 1280x1024
DiRT 2
In-game benchmark
Ultra Quality Preset, 8x AA, 1280x1024
StarCraft 2
Custom Tom's Hardware Benchmark
Medium Quality Preset, No AA, 1280x1024
Audio/Video Encoding
Version: x64
Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min
Default format AAC
HandBrake 0.9.4Version 0.9.4, convert first .vob file
from "The Last Samurai" (1 GB) to .mp4
High Profile
TMPGEnc 4.0 ExpressVersion:
Import File: "Terminator 2" SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 6.9.1Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
XviD 1.2.2Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.6.1
MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec
28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2)
Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 KHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s)
Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Adobe Photoshop CS4 (64-bit)Version: 11.0 x64, Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Autodesk 3ds Max 2010Version: 11.0 x64, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 9.0Version: 9.0.663, Virus base: 270.14.1/2407
Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.90Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
7-ZipVersion 4.65: Format=Zip, Compression=Ultra,
Method=Deflate, Dictionary Size=32 KB, Word Size=128, Threads=8
Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
Synthetic Benchmarks
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.01, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark VantageVersion: x64, System, Memories, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra 2010Version 2010.1.16.11, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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